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. it's threatened and under attack. it's the empire of rupert murdoch, newspaper man who shut down one of his many papers but remains in the business along with some of the great name plates in film and television. the scandal that started with newspaper reporters eavesdropping on the cell phones of innocent people continues to claim new victims and may soon be felt more here in the u.s. than many first thought. it's still galloping its way through great britain where it is the story. tomorrow we get to hear from rupert murdoch. tonight there's another new development in this. we want to begin our reporting with nbc's stephanie gosk in london. stephanie, good evening. >> good evening, brian. every day since this scandal broke, there seems it be a new bombshell. revelations, resignations, arrests. the last 24 hours are no exception. it's left people in this country wondering and worried what will happen next. the fabled scotland yard is reeling after two sudden resignations of its most senior leadership. sir paul stephenson, the police chief, and his deputy, john yates, career policemen
murdoch's life, he says, but then he went on to say he does not accept blame for the hacking scandal and then he was hit by a pie in the face. then his wife struck the attacker. a wild day in the scandal consuming his media empire. >>> what do you want? that group of people in washington mulling over a new plan to avoid economic armageddon, that's onene thing. tonight, in our nbc news poll, what the voters want to see come out of it. >>> it's hot and getting hotter for millions tonight. what's behind the dynamic they're calling the "heat dome." >>> and making a difference, by honoring americans who never should have been forgotten. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. while rupert murdoch is an american citizen, the head of a media empire that is well known and widely watched here, the current scandal involving his company is mostly unraveling in great britain where he's already shut down one newspaper. where we know people's cell phones were hacked and where today, murdoch and his son and former employee faced members of
murdoch prepares to be grilled in england's phone hacking scandal. >>> swept away. tragedy strikes a family of five at a popular picnic spot in india. >>> and howling haboob. a giant wall of dust rolls through phoenix for a second a giant wall of dust rolls through phoenix for a second time in nearly two weeks. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello, and good morning. i'm lynn berry. today we begin with london calling. news corp. chief rupert murdoch and his son along with former chief executive rebekah brooks will face tough questioning this morning before lawmakers. just hours from now, this is the development in the growing phone hacking scandal that seems to be changing by the hour. nbc's jim maceda is live for us in london right outside parliament with all the details. jim, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, lynn. well, all eyes will be on a that building behind me, the parliament, and a small room inside that parliament building just big enough for about 40 or so spectators, but there will be overflow rooms with lots of television screens. this i
yard resigns on the same day london police arrest a star of rupert murdoch's media empire. >>> the new mystery surrounding casey anthony. where is she after walking out of jail now a free woman? >>> and sudden death. an exhilarating women's world cup decided on the final kick. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. the growing fallout from great britain's newspaper phone hacking scandal gained new momentum today, claiming two major figures. including scotland yard's top cop. tonight the woman who until recently ran rupert murdoch's newspaper holdings in the uk is under arrest. and the head of the london police department has abruptly resigned amid questions over his department's pursuit of the case. all this being followed very closely in this country, which is home to some of the crown jewels of murdoch's now damaged media empire. nbc's stephanie gosk is in london tonight with late developments for us in the case. stephanie, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, lester. well, the casualties in this story continue to pile up. rebekah brooks, one of rupert mu
conditions in more than a century. >>> scandal sheet. yet more apologies from rupert murdoch, and new revelations about the evidence and scotland yard. >>> carmageddon, day one. they predicted catastrophe, so how's it going? >>> and what a kick. the remarkable american women just one game away from taking the remarkable american women just one game away from taking it all in the world cup. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. tonight, a good chunk of the country is feeling hot under the collar as an intense and what forecasters say will be a prolonged heat wave starts to take a dangerous hold across the middle of the country. by tomorrow at this time, temperatures will soar into the triple digits as far as north at minnesota. and no, this is not par for the cou course in july. this month, we have seen more than 900 temperatures meet or exceed all time records and of course, july is only half over. from atlanta, nbc's charles hadlock begins our coverage. >> reporter: texas is already in its worst drought in decades and this weekend, it's broiling in the heat.
, rupert murdoch. nbc's martin fletcher has the latest from london. >> reporter: up, up, and away for rupert murdoch heading home to america after what he called the most humble day of his live. >> order. >> reporter: leaving behind uporder at parliament's emergency session. where prime minister david cameron ate humble pie, too. >> you live and you learn and believe you me, i have learned. >> reporter: cameron had rejected advice and hired his communications chief andy coulson, the former editor of "news of the world." >> with 20/20 hindsight i would not have offered him the job and i expect he wouldn't have taken it. >> reporter: coulson resigned in january and was arrested two weeks ago in the phone hacking scandal. it's engulfing the media and the police. cameron is accused of being too cozy with news executives, two dozen meetings in less than two years. he came out fighting. >> i never had one inappropriate conversation. >> reporter: as for rupert murdoch -- >> you might say that the murdoch brand itself is hopelessly tarnished. >> reporter: still, the verdict in britain is
> this morning on "early today". hands off approach. news corp. rupert murdoch denied responsibility for the scandal that rocked his company. >>> ending the impasse. are president obama and lawmakers turning to a new strategy for reducing the federal debt? >>> and terror on the track. a motocross racer manages to survive a high-flying crash. >>> hello, and good morning. welcome to viewers across the nation including the pacific time zone. i'm lynn berry. today we begin with a humbling day. the murdochs have made a business out of covering the story. now, yesterday they were the story. they testified in a dramatic hearing about the phone hacking scandal rocking their media empire. this as british prime minister david cameron addresses the matter at a special session of parliament this morning. we'll get more now from stephanie gosk. >> reporter: the man who runs the second largest media company in the world appeared beside his son apologetic. >> this is the most humble day of my life. >> i would like to say how sorry i am and how sorry we are to particularly the victims
the country's top cop and rupert murdoch's former chief executive. >>> horror in ottawa. severe weather causes a stage to collapse at a music festival in canada. >>> and the agony of defeat. japan stuns the u.s. in a riveting women's world cup japan stuns the u.s. in a riveting women's world cup final. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning. welcome to our viewers across the nation, including the pacific time zone. i'm lynn berry. and today we begin with the domino effect. the casualties from england's newspaper phone hacking scandal keep piling up, as england's top-ranking police officer abruptly resigned, and one of rupert murdoch's most trusted executives was arrested and questioned by police for 12 hours. nbc's stephanie gosk has details. >> reporter: london police chief resigned under intense pressure after it emerged that scotland yard hired a former "news of the world" editor as a media consultant in 2009. the same year investigators decided not to further pursue the phone hacking case. the former editor, neil wallace, was arrested last week in connecti
after rupert murdoch denied any knowledge of wrongdoing. his testimony interrupted by a protester with a pie. >>> and swept away. three hikers feared dead after reportedly getting caught in a dangerous current and pulled over a big waterfall at yosemite national park. and searchers are out looking for their bodies today wednesday, july 20th, 2011. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >> and good morning, everyone. welcome to "today" on a wednesday morning. i'm matt lauer. >> and i'm ann curry. as you see, it's 76 degrees already at 7:00 a.m. here in new york city. and new york is one of 32 states under a heat advisory warning today. >> i think you can see that shot from above, the haze that's hanging over the city. apparently a lot of the country is trapped inside what people are calling a heat dome. inside that dome temperatures in the 90s and 100s in areas that aren't used to getting that hot. now you throw humidity on top of that, and there is simply no way to escape. how long will all this last? we'll check in with al roker on that in just a moment. >>> then we're goi
rupert murdoch's media empire and among them, former prime minister gordon brown who says his family's privacy was violated by a story that hit very close to home. stephanie gosk has the report from london. >> reporter: the british public wants answers. rupert murdoch and top executive, rebecca brooks have all been asked to testify next week before a parliament committee. the powerful trio have yet to agree but "news international" the subsidiary that ran "the news of the world" is already defending itself against the latest allegations. in an interview on the bbc today, former prime minister, gordon brown, accused "news international" of employing known criminals to dig up personal information. >> i'm shocked. i'm genuinely shocked to find this happened because of the links with criminals. >> reporter: in 2006, a murdoch paper run at the time by rebecca brooks reported that brown's newborn son has cystic fibrosis. now brown questions the methods the paper used to get that information. tonight a statement from "news international" says the story "the sun" ran is from a member of the
case. the fbi opens an investigation into whether rupert murdoch's news corp tried to hack the phones of 9/11 victims. >>> and reefer madness. mexican soldiers bust the country's largest marijuana mexican soldiers bust the country's largest marijuana plantation ever. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning. welcome to our viewers across the nation including the pacific time zone. i'm lynn berry. today we begin with the hard bargain. as the nation's deficit clock ticks closer to default, lawmakers will regroup today after a week of tense white house negotiations. the president will hold a news conference this morning while on capitol hill a backup plan proposed by senator minority leader mitch mcconnell appears to be gaining momentum. nbc's kristen dahlgren has more. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, lynn. we'll hear from the president in just a few hours. his second press conference this week. he's really taking it to the american people, as he told lawmakers that they have until saturday to try to come up with some type of plan moving forward.
or injuries there. >>> rupert murdoch made a public apology today in major newspapers across the uk a week after shutting down "news of the world." the latest on the phone hacking scandal. >> reporter: good day to you. it is frankly astonishing, this is the newspaper that first revealed the phone hacking scandal, a bit like "the washington post" during watergate, if you like. and inside is a full-page apology from rupert murdoch. he runs fox television, "the wall street journal," 20th century fox. yesterday the chief executive of dow jones had to resign because he worked here before moving there. now, of course all this began with revelations of wrong doing of journalists listening to people's cell phone voicemails, and this week reports of relatives of 9/11 victims might have been accessed. the prime minister is under fire because he was so close to rupert murdoch's people, even the police were close to them, despite investigating them for what might have been criminal activity. and there are some suggestions, too, that james murdoch, rupert murdoch's son, may be a casualty of this crisis
brooks, former head of rupert murdoch's newspaper arm here in the uk, who resigned herself on friday. it was just a week ago that murdoch flaw to london and stood by her side, all smiles. brooks had a meteoric rise at the company, becoming editor of news of the world when she was only 32. neil shon worked for another murdoch partner, the sun. he is now a news analyst. >> fantastic networking, and of course an ability to do the job. >> reporter: it was in 2002 with brooks at the paper's helm that news of the world reporters allegedly hacked the phone of murdered teenager millie dowler, a case that shocked and infuriated this country. brooks denies any knowledge of phone hacking, and has apologized. for the last decade, the charismatic editor has rubbed elbows with the rich and famous, and the powerful. she has had close personal relationships with the three most recent prime ministers. as recently as last december, david cameron met twice with brooks in visits that his office describes as social. cameron has come under fire for his connections to murdoch's news international. his form
rupert murdoch's testimony in britain's phone hacking scandal. take a look. >> whoa! >> you saw the woman in the pink suit, she was seen knocking the plate away from murdoch. that's his wife. the protester identified as british comedian johnny marbles was whisked away by police. he was trying to to the pie in the face prank. as for the testimony before parliament which is gripping the united kingdom, murdoch and his son james apologized for the hacking. rupert murdoch explained the paper at the center of the scandal, "news of the world," constitutes less than 1% of his global empire news corp. >> to say we are hands off is wrong. i work a ten or 12-hour day, and i cannot tell you the multitude of issues that i have to handle every day. >> murdoch and his son maintained they were not responsible for any wrongdoing. they say their chief lieutenants who were in charge should be punished. >>> california senator dianne feinstein is fighting for the rights of same-sex couples. tonight the interstate judiciary committee will hear testimony on a bill she introduced to repeal the defensive marriag
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corp's rupert murdoch flew to london sunday to personally deal with the phone hacking scandal that threatens to hobble his media empire. this, as new allegations have surfaced that journalists from murdoch's now infamous "news of the world" newspaper may have also tried to hack the phones of 9/11 victims. england's "daily mail" reports a former new york city cop now working as a private investigator claims "news of the world" reporters offered to pay him for victims' phone numbers and details of the calls they made and received in the days leading up to the 9/11 attacks. despite murdoch shutting down the 168-year-old paper in an effort to extinguish the scandal, it is now seen as threatening a multibillion dollar pay tv deal. >>> in russia, 13 people are dead and more than 100 are missing after an overloaded ferry boat sank on the volga river sunday. russian authorities said 208 people were reported to be on board the ageing boat that had a maximum capacity of 120. the crew was only able to deploy one lifeboat before the cruiser went down. dozens of children are believed to be
. kristin dahlgren, thank you. >>> rupert murdoch is feeling the financial and political fallout from a phone-hacking scandal that rocked his media empire. giving into pressure from england's parliament, murdoch dropped his $12 billion bid for a full paid tv network. and new this morning the former executive editor of the defunct tabloid "news of the world" has been arrested. the ninth arrest resulting from police investigations into phone hacking and bribery of police officers. the scandal now spans at least two continents but the u.s. congressman peter king chairman of the homeland security committee calling for the fbi to find out if murdoch's news corp tried to illegally obtain phone records of 9/11 victims. >>> authorities in india are still searching for the culprits behind wednesday's deadly bombings that left at least 18 people dead and 133 more injured. residents are still shaken up after coordinated explosions that rocked three separate neighborhoods in mumbai happened during rush hour on wednesday. the attacks came just months after india resumed peace talks with pakistan.
rupert murdoch to drop his bid to buy a british broadcasting company. meanwhile murdoch and his son along with ceo of uk-based international have been summoned to appear before british lawmakers to testify. here at home at least one u.s. senator is calling for congress to investigate whether murdoch's u.s.-based news corp has been involved in hacking victims of 9/11. >>> time may be running out for libya's moammar gadhafi. according to new u.s. intelligence, the embattled leader is running out of cash while fuel in tripoli is reportedly in short supply. meanwhile france's foreign minister said that gadhafi's aides have hinted the leader is ready to step down. >>> it was a historic day for two american astronauts as they completed the shuttle program's final spacewalk, retrieving a failed ammonia pipe from the international space station. >>> in california, michelle obama and former president george w. bush were among those paying their respects to former first lady betty ford. a second funeral will be held in michigan tomorrow. >>> and sad news to report this morning. tv legend sherwood s
business, one of britain's newspapers is shutting down for good. rupert murdoch's news of the world is emt broiled in allegations of phone hacking that many see as not only illegal, but unforgivable. >> reporter: as the scandal that brought down one of his best selling newspapers threatens to damage more of his media empire, rupert murdoch will floy into te u.k., some are suggesting his son could face prosecution. yesterday, two top former employees were arrested, an editor and a reporter who served prison time back in 2007 when victims included celebrities and members of the royal family. the claim, that people's privacy was invaded, their cell phone voice mails listened to, described as phone hacking. britain's prime minister vowing, no stone will be left unturned. >> these people could have had their phones hacked into, in order to generate stories for a newspaper is simply disgusting. >> among the 4,000 potential phone hacking victims, whose names and numbers have been turned over to the police, families of murder victims, terror attack vingts and fallen soldiers. tony just found out h
, and rupert murdoch and the media empire is something that's reached here in the united states. would you like to see congressional hearings as to whether there's any tie here to the united states in this phone hacking scandal, senator durbin? >> yes, i would. i can tell you that there are questions about whether the foreign corrupt practices act has been violated by rupert murdoch and his news empire, and what's going on in england is startling. to think of the extent that they went to to break the law to try to report a story. we need to follow through with the fbi investigation and also with congressional investigations. >> senator demint, what do you think? >> david, we need to let law enforcement work here. congress has got a big issue in front of us. we need to handle our own business for a change. and the focus this week is on the only plan we've got, and that's cut, cap and balance. >> all right, we're going to leave it there. thanks to both of you. >>> coming up, the debt deliberations are dominating the discussion here in washington, but the question that remains at the top of voters
brought down part of rupert murdoch's media empire was found dead at his home. british police say that his death is not considered suspicious. news of the incident comes days after rupert murdoch accepted the resignations of four high profile staff members including number two man at scotland yard. as for murdoch, he ran ads in u.k. neighborhoods over the weekend saying he was "deeply sorry for his reporters hacking the phone of a murdered little girl." >> those of us who take on the most difficult jobs clearly have to stand up and be counted when things go wrong. >> tomorrow rupert murdoch, his son james and rebecca brooks, former chief executive of murdoch's british media holdings are scheduled to answer questions about the scandal from british lawmakers. >>> the secret to losing weight at the restaurant? bring your own fork. a new study found that people who used a larger fork for bigger bites ate less than those who used a smaller fork. the psychology behind that, authors of the study found that people who visually saw they were making a dent in the food on their plate found they ate l
surrounding the empire of media mogul, rupert murdoch. >>> mad ddash, two people are gored on the sixth day of >>> mad ddash, two people are gored on the sixth day of spain's running of the bulls. captions paid for by nbc-universal television hello, and good morning. welcome to our viewers across the nation, including the pacific time zone. i'm lynn berry. today we begin with deficit dirty work. another day of high level debt talks at the white house yesterday and congressional leaders seem no close doer a compromise deal. however, president obama did add clarity to the seemingly stall ruling out a stop gap plan. nbc's kristen dahlgren joins us from washington with more. >> reporter: this will be the third meeting in as many days. just three weeks to go and the two sides still far air part. especially on issues like spending cuts and the biggest stumbling block remains taxes. in a news conference yesterday, the president said he will take the heat for putting the democratic sacred cows of social security and medicare on the table, in exchange for republicans bending on closing tax loopholes
news events, the wake of rupert murdoch is their latest inspiration. the animation depicts the dramatic scene when wendi murdoch leapt to the aid of her -year-old husband as an attacker tried to throw a shaving cream pie at him. of course, you will remember they did this with the tiger woods scandal, with the charlie sheen debacle. >> is there a tiger theme here? tiger's wife -- >> she's being dubbed the tiger wife for her quick acting skills. >> maybe it's the technique? >> no kidding. >>> well, time for an early look at some of the stories we'll follow throughout the day on nbc. in washington a new unabomber exhibit will open at the museum of crime and punishment including some of the hand-made tools. the collection was purchased during a recent government auction with proceeds going to some of the unabomber's victims. >>> this year's comic-con kicks off in san diego with 130,000 comic and superhero lovers of all ages. they are expected to gather over the next four days. >>> and here's a chilling fact during the nation's heat wave. on this day in 1983 the world's lowest temperature ev
in london tonight in the hacking scandal that put rupert murdoch's "news of the world" out of business. we'll get the latest from nbc's kier simmons. >> reporter: after the final edition of the "news of the world" off the presses the paper showed off its front page. its headlines "thank you and good-bye." the 168-year-old tabloid that thrived on scandal, shamed celebrities and brought down politicians was brought down by a scandal of its own making involving allegations of bribery and voice mail hacking that one paper has dubbed britain's watergate. three people have been arrested so far, including the paper's former editor who was once a key aide to british prime minister david cameron. tonight he is out on bail. >> i think it's a very sad day for the "news of the world." >> reporter: this weekend the paper's owner, the media titan rupert murdoch, whose holdings include the fox television network and the "wall street journal" arrives in london to deal with the crisis personally. the paper is being investigated for paying police and hacking into people's private cell phone messages. among
the former editor of that paper who is also one of rupert murdoch's closest executives that development comes as britain's police chief paul stevens announced that he was stepping down as well because of the substantial. nbc's chapman bell has the latest from london. >> reporter: rebecca brooks was arrested today in london in connection with the investigation of the news of the world. brooks is a former editor of the paper, and until friday she was chief executive of news international, which is a british wing of rupert murdoch's news corps. the british officially announced earlier today a 43-year-old woman had been arrested and was being arrested on suspicion of conspireing to intercept communications and suspicion of corruption which we later learned to be rebecca brooks. these charges would relate to phone hacking and bribes. brooks has said to her spokesperson that she voluntarily attended a prearrangement appointment to assist in the investigation. the arrest comes on day which the news gave full-page apologies in several british newspapers saying they would be fully cooperating with the
murdoch's reeling media empire. >>> hours to go. after being found not guilty of murdering her daughter casey, anthony will be freed from jail on sunday. the question now, could casey be safer behind bars? >>> and j. lo's solo. after seven years as husband and wife, jennifer lopez and marc anthony stun their fans by announcing their marriage is over. so what went wrong? what the superstar couple is saying "today," saturday, july what the superstar couple is saying "today," saturday, july 16th, 2011. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good morning. welcome to "today" on a saturday. nice to have you here. i'm lester holt. >> and i'm amy robach. i was a little surprised this morning when i saw the news about jennifer lopez and marc anthony. they just renewed their vows last year. i think everyone thought they had figured it out. >> they were so likable together as a couple. we saw them together on "american idol" last. married since 2004 and the parents of two young children, they're now heading for divorce. this is anthony's second marriage. for lopez it's number three. we'
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murdoch's media empire. we'll have a live report from london. >>> and scorched earth. our sizzling summer brings new record highs across the country with temperatures soaring above 100. for many states, it's about to get even hotter. for many states, it's about to get even hotter. today's sunday, july 17, 2011. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good morning, everyone. welcome to "today" on sunday. i'm lester holt. >> i'm jenna wolfe. two big breaking news stories to get to this morning. we want to begin with casey anthony. after 1,006 days in jail and just 12 days after a jury found her not guilty of murdering her daughter, caylee, casey anthony is a free woman. >> this is the seen from inside the orange county jail in orlando at the moment she was being escorted out of the facility. she appears to say thank you to one of the law enforcement officers before she's led out the door by her attorney and facing a pretty angry crowd. nbc's kristin dahlgren was there and joins us live with the latest. >> reporter: good morning. news choppers lost sight of casey anthony's suv so t
ing. >>> good morning, breaking news. millionaire media mogul rupert murdoch and his son are apologizing for the hacking scandal. live in london with the dramatic developments. >>> california dreaming, new information suggests casey anthony may have flown to the golden state after her release from jail. the prosecution knowingly withheld evidence that may have helped the offense. >>> and u.s. came up short for the world kwup but are all in our hearts, and we have them in the studio today, july 19, 2011. >> from nbc news, in the "today" with matt lauer and ann curry, live from studio one a in rockefeller plaza. >> i'm ann curry. >> i'm matt lauer. rupert murdoch says he's humbled, forced to answer difficult, difficult questions about his tabloid. >> you're watching a live picture of murdoch and his son. they've been testifying for just under half an hour now. murdoch said he was misled about what happened and this tabloid was a very small part of his media empire. we're going to head over to london with the latest in a moment. >> so, so much at stake in that committee room
, the after the hacking scandal. as billionaire media mogul rupert murdoch prepares for a grilling from parliament. >>> and on top of the world. japan beats the u.s. team at the world cup, giving a nation battered by natural disaster and nuclear calamities a big reason to smile, "today," monday, july 18th, 2011. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> welcome to "today" on this monday morning. i'm ann curry. >> and i'm lester holt in for matt. i think we both watched that match yesterday. you've got to feel good about the u.s. team. we were disappointed, but what a performance they put on and what a great thing they did for american soccer. >> that's right. for women's soccer, particularly, bringing it to a new level of cool. men and boys, women and girls, nationwide, watching them play. i think that they're winners in that regard. >> and the japanese certainly have something to feel good about after a really rough year. and i love the fact they thanked the world for the support they have had. >> and they continue to thank, actually, after every game. so it's a pretty exciting
overnight as rupert murdoch speaks out about what he says are title lies about his company. >>> and the event, they blocked off the road gathered to see all these things chris brown, off the road gathered to see all these things chris brown, friday, july 15th, 2011. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> oh, my goodness. welcome to "today" on a friday morning. i'm matt lauer. >> i'm ann curry. we've got to go right to what's happening outside our side you. a crowd of an estimated 12,000 people at least have gathered. and al roker is smack in the middle of it. >> actually, ann, we've got up over on top of it, the new york city police department for the first time in my memory for our concert series has closed off 48th street from vehicular traffic and they closed off 49th street, our biggest concert crowd ever. 12,000 people. you can see there the intersection of rockefeller center and 49th street is now closed off. it is completely filled with people. folks have been camping out for this concert since wednesday. overnight, the line stretched on 5th avenue all of
. >>> news corp.'s rupert murdoch is back in the headlines as the phone scandal widens. martin fletcher has the latest now from london. martin? >> reporter: hi, natalie, good morning. after the high drama of the past week here, today british police, mediaia, government are all licking their wounds, asking who knew what and when while rupert murdoch is assessing damage to his empire. murdoch looked happy to be home after the grilling by british parliament members. >> welcome home. >> nice left, wendi. nice left. >> the slap heard across the world. as of britain's parliament, the result to get to the bottom. phone hacking scandal, they have a summer recess until september 5, but it isn't over for rupert murdoch by a long shot. >> the long-term effect on news corp. are difficult to see. mistakes were clearly made. it's cost him a lot of money. >> reporter: and it may cost more. calpers, the biggest pension fund in the u.s. called for a reform of news corp., for their support, too, from a bigger outside investor, prince al walal who says the company remains a valuable and long-term investment.
murdoch. sunday monday involves picking up the news of the world. a ritual that parents, grandparents and even great-grandparents would recognize. but with thank you and good-bye, today is their last chance. the 168-year-old tabloid that thrived on scandal and exposing hypocrisy has itself been destroyed by a scandal of its own. the paper is being investigated for paying police for information and there are allegations of voicemail hacking. one paper has dubbed this, britain's watergate. serious questions about journalism has been raised. three people have been arrested so far, including the paper's formal editor, who was once a key aide to british prime minister david cameron. >> i think this is a very sad day for the news of the world. >> reporter: the paper's owner, rupert murdoch whose oarrived i britain sunday to manage the crisis directly. the allegations of phone hacking have been rumbling in the background for several years but exploded last week when a rival paper accused the news of the world from the murdered 13-year-old girl while police were hunting for her hoping she was
murdoch calls these new allegations deplorable, unacceptable and says news corporation will once again cooperate with police. thousands of citizens may have been victimized, and the paper is accused of paying police for information. but triggering the most outrage, allegations it hacked into the voice mail of 13-year-old millie dowler, abducted and murdered in 2002 while she was missing. and deleted messages as her voice mail filled up, which gave her family false hope she was alive. now a day before the six-year anniversary of the london terrorist bombings, families of those victims are hearing they, too, may have been hacked. >> i thought we were in a dark place and i didn't think we could get darker. >> interestingly enough, in america, we don't have this kind of journalism yet, and hopefully the american taste level is still such that it agrees this is just a bridge too far. >> reporter: at a time when news outlets face fierce competition, a tabloid that sells 35 million copies a year is finding the most shocking scandal of all right now comes from its own news room. michelle kosin
saline were mildly affected as well. >>> rupert murdoch apologized to britain today by purchasing a full-page ad in every newspaper in the country. he said he was deeply sorry for victims' suffering and apologized for what he called serious wrongdoing. his now closed newspaper, "news of the world" is accused of paying police and hacking into people's private cell phone messages. among the victims, the families of said soldiers and the family of a 13-year-old kidnapped and killed and the victim of the 2005 london terror attacks. the scandal forced two top executives at news corp to resign this week. >>> secretary of state hillary clinton wrapped up her three-day trip to turkey. she met with the country's prime minister, foreign minister and archbishop of istanbul. the secretary praised turkey as an example of progress in a turbulent region, but he criticized the country over free speech and internet restrictions. >> now, syria's future is up to the syrian people, but, of course, the efforts by the opposition to come together to organize to be able to articulate an agenda are an important
to the scandal involving his media empire rupert murdoch shut down "news of the world" for good. the paper lost advertisers after it allegedly hacked the e-mails from england's war dead. the scandal has marred his attempt to take over a hugely profitable pay cable channel. it is now thought that he'd run the sun on thursdays. >>> the red sox, the cleveland clinchers and the comeback cubs plus the latest on derek jeter's march toward 3,000 hits. >>> in weather as we approach this hot week, we're also seeing numerous areas dodging thunderstorms. your forecast is coming up. >>> well, a gr good morning to you. if you're just waking up, this is "early today." in sports derek jeter continues grinding toward that baseball milestone of immortality, 3,000 hits. here's fred roggin with an early look at all your sports headlines. >> good morning. we begin with your daily derek jeter update. no, he has not hit number 3,000 yet, but he did get one step closer. he belted the first pitch he saw for a double. now he's two hits shy of 3,000. ben zobrist was one of the finalists for the last all-star spot. lost
's best-selling weekly tabloid newspaper is shutting down. owner hugh o rupert murdoch's son, the shut down of the 16-year-old newspaper comes as the result of a cell phone hacking story that's angered the british public and the prime minister. relatives of crime victims and soldiers killed in action and celebrities were all hacked. >> clearly, the practice of certain individuals did not live up to the standards and quality of journalism that we believe in, that i believe the and that this company believes in. >> there are reports that several employees at the paper might be arrested and charged in connection with the hacking by the end of the week. this sunday's paper will be the last issue of "news of the world." >>> let's check in with meteorologist jeff ranieri. jeff, i'm no weather expert but i would say your favorite place today was the alameda county fair and it was sizzling. >> it was hot. i heard you saw the pig races. >> i did. >> did your pig win? >> my pig, strawberry, did win. >> that's good. mine won last time. it's 69 degrees in oakland with some fog offshore. winds nort
as scotland yard alleges, murdoch's company may have broken u.s. law. >> news corp is an american corporation and they are bound by american laws regardless of where the offense takes place. >> reporter: u.s. politicians are also latching on to an unconfirmed report from an unnamed source that "news of the world" hacked phones belonging to 9/11 victims. >> anyone who did this really forget the legality, just in terms of the morality of this is just beyond the pale. >> reporter: the 9/11 allegation appeared on sunday in light of congressional concerns, we called news international, the subsidiary and they told us they have seen no evidence that those allegations are true. >> stephanie gosk in london this morning. thanks as always. martin bashir, it's good to have you here. sometimes when i have you, i like to ask the simplest question first because i like your take. you spend a lot of time as a journalist in the u.k. and here in the united states. >> i worked for the sunday times between 1984 and 1985. >> as you've watched this story unfold over the last month or so, what jumps out at you? >>
after rupert murdoch announced he's shutting down the 168-year-old paper. nbc's mike taibbi has more. mike? >> reporter: the so-called phone hacking scandal has been around for years. six years, to be precise. but in the past week it went from a story about celebrity cell phones being hacked to regular people as alleged victims, including the grieving relatives of crime victims or soldiers killed in action and the explosion that's followed led to the extinction of the biggest circulation newspaper in the english speaking world. media baron rupert murdoch has had little to say as the scandal jumped to another level. >> i'm not making any comments. >> reporter: but son james murdoch said if the allegations are true, the newspaper's behavior was inhuman. >> i feel regret. clearly, the practices of certain individuals did not live up to the standards and quality of journalism that we believe in. >> reporter: one practice that met no standards, that grieving relatives of murdered children, or of british soldiers killed in action, had their cell phones hacked and their voice mail messages
, that scandal, more rupert murdoch's newspapers. this as britain's prime minister speaks out how he and his family were targeted. >>> and sergeant surprise. a marine serving in afghanistan takes a chance on youtube and asks a favorite actress, mila kunis, to a military ball. >> take a second to think about it, get back to me. >> her response? yes! and now he's the envy of the corps. this is "today" on july 12th, 2011. >>> and welcome to "today" on this tuesday morning. i'm ann curry. >> i'm matt lauer. nice to see you. >> nice to see you. welcome back. we really missed you. partner in crime. >> i had perfect weather on vacation. now that perfect sunny weather has turned perfect, sunny and brutally hot. if you're in the new york area today, hopefully your afternoon plans will be indoor. our heat index, about 103 today. >> we're not alone. heat advisories have been issued for at least 18 states, matt. and in illinois, the dangerous temperatures are blamed for at least one death. we'll get details and al's forecast straight ahead. >>> nbc news investigates a controversy involving gop president
,000 people in england. "news of the world" owned by rupert murdoch folded. no date has been set for that meeting with holder. >>> going to an airport soon? listen up to this. new software aimed to give passengers more privacy is expected to be installed in many airports around the country by the end of this year. this upgrade is in response to so many passengers objecting to having their naked images viewed by tsa agents. the new security system being tried out will make your body look more like a stick figure. the unveiling of this new scanning system comes less than a week after the tsa won an appeals court ruling that the need to detect hidden explosives outweighs the privacy rights of travellers. >>> still ahead at 6:00 the first pitch and a second chance of life. emotional giants game for one bay area team and his family. >>> the top cities in the country for walking. here's a clue. you won have to walk very far to find two of these cities on the list. >>> good evening. not the hottest day the year but still plenty much heat. jo san jose with 91. mid-90s in the east bay acr
murdoch bought "news of the world" but it has been loved by readers and feared by the politicians, celebrities and royals that it has regularly exposed. in its final edition editors asked the reading public not to judge the paper by this scandal but instead by its years in print. with the ink barely dry on the final edition of "the news of the world" rupert murdoch traveled to the uk to manage the damage control personally. on display his so far unqualified support from rebecca brooks, former editor of the paper and now a trusted executive at news corp. smiles for the cameras but calls for hooks to resign are growing louder. one of the most damaging allegations the paper faces is a phone hacking of a 13-year-old murder victim. charismatic redhead was editor of "news of the world "account at the time. >> if she goes that puts a spotlight on rupert murdoch's son james and if he is vulnerable rupert murdoch is himself. >> reporter: he is widely seen as his father's heir apparent. >> james murdoch and rebecca brooks cannot deny responsibility. >> reporter: brook clings to her job as h
one of the best selling newspapers threatens to damage more of the media empire, rupert murdoch will fly into the uk. his own son, james murdock, could face prosecution. yesterday, two top employees were arrested, an editor who once served as the prime minister's communication director and a reporter who served prison time in 2007 when victims included celebrities and members of the royal family. the claim, that people's privacy was invaded. their cell phone voice mails listened to, described as phone hacking. britain's prime minister vowing, no stone will be left unturned. >> that these people could have had their phones hacked into in order to generate stories for a newspaper is simply disgusting. >> among the 4,000 potential phone hacking victims whose names or numbers have now been turned over to the police, families tony phillipson just found out that his son, james, who died in afghanistan in 2006 may have had not only his cell phone tapped into by the news of the world, but also his e-mail. >> they hacked into a dead soldier. this is despicable. what else can you say? wha
-hacking scandal and rupert murdoch's son james could face police questioning soon. several newspapers in london now reporting james murdoch could be called in by authorities after his testimony this week that he was not aware of widespread hacking at now defunk "news of the world". former members of that paper claim he's lying and now members of parliament are asking skopt scotland yard to investigate. >>> nfl players and agents are working through the deal to end the four-month lockout. owners have approved the proposal but players haven't voted on it because they're not in full agreement. lawyers are trying to resolve those differences and hope the players will vote next week. >>> we're learning some gruesome details about that giants fan nearly beaten to death at dodger stadium. bryan stow remains in serious condition this morning from the attack back in march. court documents say two men arrested allegedly cut the victim's tongue, disfigured his face and beat him. 29-year-old louie sanchez is charged with assault and battery. >>> arnold and maria taking a break from their divorce battle aft
and said the scandal is important to america too. >> rupert murdoch does own an enormous amount of your media and some of your newspapers. and i think people need to ask themselves, you know, who is this man who owns such a large part of our media. i think, you know, when you hear some of the new allegations about who the "news of the world" was phone hacking that may include and i stretch it's allegations at this stage, some of the 9/11 victims, well, i don't know, that may strike a chord with americans. >> and this morning more fallout from the scandal with word that news international's legal manager has left the company. >>> parents who want healthier food options for their children are getting some help today. at least 19 major restaurant chains are announcing they're putting more fruits and vegetables on the children's menu along with whole grains and low fat dairy items. restaurants also say they will do more to promote healthier food options. >>> america has a new medal of honor recipient. sergeant first class leroy petree received the nation's highest military honor on tuesday
. >> the prosecution of the paper and the top executives. rupert murdoch is calling the allegations deplorabldeplorable unacceptable, and it will again cooperate with the police. the reporter who served time released a statement saying there was relentless pressure, a aa constant demand for results. for an outraged british public, there is simply no excuse. >> interestingly enough, in america, we don't have this kind of journalism yet. hopefully the american taste level is still such that it agrees this is just a bridge too far. it's that check and balance on everything else, then the very fabric of our democracy could be put at risk. >> several big advertisers are pulling out of the newspaper. along come more allegations that the paper may have paid police for information. ann? >> pretty shocking allegations. michelle, thank you so much. >>> coming up next, will and catherine wrapping up their canadian tour as they prepare to head to california. l er ts. every day you live with the pain of moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis could be another day you're living with joint damage. help stop the damag
the president is making progress in his latest talks with house speaker john boehner. >>> james murdoch could be called to clarify his testimony before british lawmakers. a former legal adviser and editor is contradicting the news corp.'s executive's son saying he was well aware of hacking at "news of the world." this as the u.s. justice department prepare s subpoenas o investigate whether or not news corp. hacked the voice mails of 9/11 victims. >>> the pentagon plans to announce the military is ready to repeal don't ask, don't tell. the president still has to get the final green light on the repeal until the ban can be lifted. >>> nfl owners voted overwhelmingly in favor of a tentative agreement to end the four-month lockout, but there's no vote yet from players because they have yet to see the full proposal from the owners. >>> could donald trump be thinking about running for president again? he told greta van susteren that a new campaign could be in the works. >> if the economy continues to do badly and if the republicans pick somebody that i think is the wrong person and isn't going to w
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